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Sacred Encounters


The portfolio Sacred Encounters includes selected photographs taken in Southeast Asia and Nepal over the past decade. I have been drawn to this part of the world for its profound spirituality, exceptional beauty, and openness towards travelers and seekers. I have been taught to see the possibility of transcendence in the ordinary, that quiet moment when sacred space opens, kindred spirits meet, and stillness abides.


This body of work was completed during two residencies at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado in 2005 / 2006. The goal was finding a visual language for close connections, or sacred encounters, that have shaped me as an artist and as a human.

Visceral surfaces excite me, charged layers in paintings, so absent in the plasticity of past color prints. I wanted to create a tangible plane, velvety even, where the viewer can attach to. The multitude of newly developed digital fine art papers offered vast territory to explore.


My work is not about places, nor countries. To call attention to differences seems pointless. The impermanence of all things is on my mind, and the lightness of being in the moment.


ultrachrome inkjet prints on archival cotton rag paper

printed by the artist on Epson 9600

24 x 30 inches / 60 x 75 cm

edition of 20; prices available upon request


”Franz revels in the abundance of rich colors,“ writes Style Weekly in reviewing the Sacred Encounters exhibit. Read the full review »